Posted by: Kathy Temean | January 11, 2010

Chances to Win Publication, Money, Prizes & Critiques

The 2010 Leapfrog Fiction Contest will be open for submissions from January 15 to May 1, 2010.

Category 1: Adult fiction. Any novella- or novel-length work of literary fiction not previously published. The minimum length is 22,000 words; there is no maximum length.

Judges include Leapfrog Press editors and author Marge Piercy.

Entry fee: $30

Category 2: Children’s fiction. Middle-grade and young adult chapter novels will be considered. No picture books please. If illustrations are included, they must be black and white. Minimum length 20,000 words.

Judges include Leapfrog Press editors, Leapfrog children’s book author B.B. Wurge, and author Alexandria LaFaye.

Entry fee: $20

No more than two submissions per author will be accepted.

Contest winners will be announced in June 2010.


First Prize: publication contract offer from Leapfrog Press, with an advance payment.

Click this link for more info:

The 2010 SouthWest Writers Writing Contest encourages and rewards excellence.

Cash prizes are awarded to the top three entries in each of 14 categories.

In addition, first-place winners in each category compete for the $1,000 Storyteller Award.

The contest is open to all original, unpublished work by English-language writers, including poetry.

Deadline: Postmarked no later than May 1, 2010

Kidlit Contest
Mary Kole, associate agent at Andrea Brown Literary Agency on the West Coast announced on her KidLit Blog, a Novel beginnings writer’s contest.  That’s right, this contest is for a novel beginning (up to 500 words) of your YA or MG novel!

To enter e-mail 

Put “Kidlit Contest” in the subject line, then copy and paste your novel text into the body of your e-mail… do not send attachments. Your entry has to be for a children’s novel (YA or MG, sorry, no picture books), it has to be for a manuscript that is FINISHED and could be sent out to an agent, and it must be under 500 words.

In order to qualify all entries must be sent by January 31st, 2010.

She will deliberate for about a week, pick the most compelling openings, dissect what makes them so awesome on the site AND award the winners prizes:

Grand Prize Winner: A 15 page critique
First Place: A 10 page critique
Second Place: A 5 page critique
Third Place: A 2 page critique
Honorable Mention(s): A critique of the first page of your novel

Contest Rules:

  1. Put a link to this contest page in TWO other places. Click here for an easy code you can copy and paste! (PLEASE AVOID THE VERLA KAY AND ABSOLUTE WRITE FORUMS… THERE ARE MULTIPLE POSTS HERE ABOUT THIS ALREADY!)
  2. Link to in your blog sidebar (or add my syndication feed to your Livejournal, if you have no sidebar)
  3. Read and comment on at least one other Kidlit post.

Send me links so that I can double-check your eligibility, per the rules, anywhere in your entry email.

Sign David L Harrison’s Guestbook in January and you will have a chance to win a free autographed book or a critique of  your poetry (up to three double-spaced typed pages) or  a story, picture book or the beginning of a novel (up to five double-spaced pages).

Established in 1998, the Friends of Acadia Poetry Prize is presented biannually to promote and recognize distinctive nature poetry. The three top-ranked poems will be published in theFriends of Acadia Journal (print and online) and have been awarded cash prizes by category.

Submit nature-based poems of 30 lines or fewer. Please include a cover sheet stating your name, address, and poem title. Do not include your name on manuscript(s). Each author may submit only 3 poems for consideration. Entries must be original, unpublished, and not submitted elsewhere.  Young people may enter.

There is no fee to enter. Top-ranked poems will be published and awarded cash prizes.  Deadline is April 30th, 2010.

Details at Friends of Acadia Poetry contest.

2010 Writers-Editors Network 27th Annual International Writing Competition Click for Guidelines and further details.

Who Can Enter:
The contest is open to all writers. You do not have to be a member of Writers-Editors Network. However, members do save up to 50% on entry fees.

Entries must be postmarked no later than March 15, 2010.

Divisions & Categories:
Nonfiction Division: (A) Previously Published Article/Essay/Column/Nonfiction Book Chapter — (B) Unpublished or self-published Article/Essay/Column/Nonfiction Book Chapter

Fiction Division: (C) Unpublished or self-published Short Story — (D) Unpublished or self-published Novel Chapter

Children’s Literature Division: (E) Unpublished or self-published Short Story/Nonfiction Article/Book Chapter/Poem (judged together as one category)

Poetry Division: (F) Unpublished or self-published Free Verse/Traditional (judged together as one category)

Awards & Prizes:
First Place in each Category – $100 plus certificate
Second Place in each Category – $75 plus certificate
Third Place in each Category – $50 plus certificate
Honorable Mention certificates awarded in each category as warranted.

Entry Fees:
Entry fee of $5 (active or new Writers-Editors Network members) or $10 (non-members) must accompany each fiction/nonfiction entry under 3,000 words.

Hope you find this useful.

Good Luck!  Kathy


  1. Novel beginnings writer’s contest…what a brilliant idea. It’s so hard to squeeze your foot into the publishing door so it might just give someone the break they need. I must remember to check into Mary Kole blog at the end of the month.


    • Maureen,

      I hope you take advantage of some of the opportunities. You never know where it can lead.



  2. Thank you, Kathy. I think the cold is finally leaving, and I’m feelin’ motivated.


  3. Yousei,

    I never noticed any lack of motivation with you. I would definitely send something to the Acadia contest, since they do not require an entry fee.



  4. […] give a few contests a try and see what it’s like. Kathy Temean posted yesterday about some writing contests this year and today some tips on how to win […]


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